The beauty of life is that you can look at everything from a number of directions and come out with a completely different result depending on the view point you choose to take. Everything is a choice right? Cliche sure, but true none the less. We can choose to see things as a 'glass half empty' or 'a glass half full' or simply realize we have a drink so either way it is fine.
Abraham Lincoln once said, "We can complain because rose bushes have thorns. Or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses." How brilliant.
Oprah (yes, I am quoting Oprah now) said, "Be thankful for what you have; you will end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have you will never have enough." CUE THE CONVICTION.
Yesterday Drew and I went furniture shopping (I know! But it wasn't at Ikea so I thought we were safe... naive). As we walked through West Elm I became over whelmed with a feeling of lack; I wanted EVERYTHING. I completely forgot why we were there and became fixated on why we didn't have the perfect sofa/coffee table combination to best fit our home and keep our guests most comfortable. Why didn't we have the right dishes? The right decor? Why didn't I have sheep skin pillows and fuzzy earmuffs!?
I felt gutted and empty when we left with a laundry hamper. It felt so... anti climactic. But why? I love our home... no it isn't perfect, but it isn't bad. We are limited, sure, but it is our home and if we invite people in with warmth and love what difference will a coffee table make?
This is a hard lesson for me to learn. It is a hard pill for our generation to swallow. Even as I write this my heart is ceasing, I feel convicted and guilty for wanting things...Which isn't the point at all. I think instead the point is this- Being enough, having enough, learning to practice contentment and finding comfort, peace, and joy in your surroundings is a life long journey and one I would rather start today.
*Looking at the blurred lines and seeing the beauty in their fuzzy edges.